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# Health

April
April 2024
Sparks fly in Dáil as Mary Lou McDonald raises hospital cancellations with Taoiseach
HSE will not review care for people with Long Covid until new evidence emerges
Long Covid: 'The public, the government and the HSE do not understand the scale of this issue'
Long Covid Advocacy Ireland will call for the Government to review how people with the condition are cared for at the Oireachtas Health Committee today.
Government further extends paid leave scheme for public health workers suffering from long-Covid
Cabinet to sign off on one-year lease extension for Citywest accommodation centre
'I'm going through a lot of scary stuff': 11-year-old boy with psychosis and his parents plead for help
The young boy has struggled to access certain services despite the efforts of his parents and healthcare workers.
Children and adolescents with complex needs often struggle to get access to services due to confusion over which health team is best placed to intervene
During a recent episode, a young boy in Dublin attempted to take his own life
The boy's parents believe if their son had received early intervention years ago, his condition would not have deteriorated to this point
Choking on fresh air: How Ireland's air quality is leading to premature deaths
Dr Lisa McNamee
University Hospital Galway makes recommended changes after increase in baby head injuries
Explainer: What's in the UK's Cass Review and what does it mean for trans healthcare?
Trans young people in Ireland “currently do not have access to any form of gender identity-related healthcare”, Trans Equality Together said.
FactCheck: Are psychiatric patients in Canada given leaflets for assisted dying when they go to A&E?
Two more measles cases confirmed - bringing total number this year to 13
Prostate cancer cases to double worldwide by 2040, new research suggests
Two more measles cases confirmed - bringing total number this year to 11
'Significant progress' made on patient outcomes, but cervical screening uptake still below target
March
March 2024
Children 'suffering' as life-changing surgery delayed at Temple Street after spinal controversy
Parents and a consultant have raised concerns about the impact of long waiting lists on children’s quality of life.
Several hundred children are currently waiting for spinal and orthoepaedic surgery at Temple Street
Many children who require time-sensitive surgery have been waiting for months
The hospital has been embroiled in controversy since it emerged that one child died and others suffered serious post-surgery complications
Britain's Queen Camilla meets Michelle O'Neill (and a baby) on solo trip to Northern Ireland
Three more measles cases confirmed in latest weekly figures
Zoe Ryan: I used to be ashamed of my psoriasis, but now it's part of who I am
Zoe Ryan
'Everyone knows drugs are sold and people are intimidated in areas affected by poverty'
The North Inner City Drugs and Alcohol Task Force has been reestablished amid a national conversation about our approach to drug use.
The task force has been set up at a time when service providers in Dublin are bracing themselves for an increase in opioid use
Areas in the north inner city have long been "traumatised" by poverty and addiction, Dr Austin O'Carroll told us
He said the availability of naloxone was vital in preventing deaths during a recent spike in overdoses in Dublin and Cork
Two and a half hours of exercise a week will improve adults' health, new HSE guidelines say
Nine more suspected measles cases in latest weekly figures
Government approves funding for measles catch-up vaccine programme
'They're waiting for us to die': Industrial school abuse survivors say they need urgent support
Survivors have criticised the Government’s proposed support plan, saying it doesn’t address many of their concerns.
Maximum validity of prescriptions extended to one year, as govt aims to reduce pressure on GPs
February
February 2024
'My son is not there anymore': How young people with psychosis are falling through the cracks
The earlier a person’s symptoms are treated, the better the outcome – but many people with psychosis or schizophrenia struggle to get access to care.
Karin Kenny believes her son Kielan's life would be very different if he had received early intervention for psychosis
He was previously in school but now needs full-time care and experiences weeks-long psychotic episodes
A new series by The Journal and Noteworthy will explore access to services for young people who experience psychosis
St John of God reaches an agreement with the HSE over provision of services
'It's a lifeline': Shortage of HRT patches causing frustration for pharmacists and patients
Government to counter bill calling to boost the number of GPs in rural areas
Doctor: How to live longer and help the planet at the same time
Dr Lisa McNamee
Sinéad Burke: Heart disease has taught me to grab life with both hands and live every moment
Sinéad Burke
Three suspected and one confirmed case of measles reported in latest weekly figures
Expert who flagged faults in Children's Hospital operating theatres no longer involved in project
Sinn Féin claimed the ‘major’ faults could cost tens of millions to fix and would set the opening date back months.
Measles contact tracing begins as HSE issues advice over potential exposure to virus
St John of God services to be transferred to HSE unless extra funding is granted
The SJOG board is due to meet today to discuss its €32.5 million deficit.
SJOG is one of the biggest providers of intellectual disability and mental health services in the country
Staff have been informed that, unless extra funding is received, the process of transferring services will begin
The board said they are "doing all in our power to prevent this eventuality" but are running out of options
Measles: What you need to know about the disease, vaccines and who is at risk
A man in Leinster died after contracting the disease amid fears of an outbreak here.
Nine suspected measles cases reported in Ireland
Two or more cases of measles are classed as an outbreak.
Seven of these cases have been defined as 'possible' measles, while two are listed as 'probable' measles
The suspected cases, all involving children aged nine and younger, were reported between 28 January and 3 February
Yesterday it was confirmed that a man in Leinster died after contracting measles
HSE asks public to consider all care options before presenting at emergency departments
'Concerning' delays for mammograms as Dublin hospitals struggle to recruit staff
Beaumont Hospital is considering outsourcing some appointments to deal with the backlog, one patient was told.
Patients are concerned it is taking months to get an appointment for certain scans, potentially delaying a cancer diagnosis
Extra consultants are due to start working in the coming months, but staffing levels remain an issue
"It is unacceptable that a person should wait too long before getting access to a vital diagnostic appointment," the CEO of the Irish Cancer Society said
January
January 2024
Six months on, chairperson yet to be appointed to inquiry into drug that causes birth defects
Overhaul of mental health law which 'deprives people of liberty' may not happen before election
The long-awaited Mental Health Amendment Bill would bring about the largest overhaul of the State’s mental health laws in decades.
Mental Health Reform said the protracted delay in publishing the Mental Health Amendment Bill is "completely unacceptable"
The proposed legislation would strengthen regulation around people consenting to the type of treatment they receive
Fiona Anderson, a long-time activist, said patients like her need to have a greater say in their treatment